|Cheesy arrival at Vegas airport!|
I talked to him briefly about the stringent precautions he takes for people with single food allergies or people with multiple food allergies.
|Chef Keith: Food Allergy Aware|
They were very careful with all the food, but if you are severely sensitive to gluten like I am, the possibility of being 'glutened' by eating meats is very high, since we can only eat animals fed primarily gluten-free or grass-fed diets or we will have a reaction. I did have gluten reactions the 2nd and 3rd day, which I'm guessing is from the beef or the unbelievably tender, rare prime rib (one of the best I've ever experienced in my lifetime) I had from their steakhouse the 2nd night in Coronado Café. I also did have a mild allergic reaction, but it wasn't from the food; it was due to my own negligence of taking a Zantac without even thinking to recheck the ingredients (which many of you soy allergy sufferers know is an absolute no-no due to the soy derivative, magnesium stearate) and using the hand soap in the restrooms (I know, I should have known; definitely bring your own if you have soy allergy). So hand eczema, along with the smoke inhalation from being in the Café next to the casino for 40 minutes (cigarettes usually contain one or more of the following: soy protein/vegetable protein/soy lecithin/soybean oil) and hives started appearing in waves up and down my arms so I had to leave mom to go to the room before the check came.
|My oil painting of grandma and I titled, "Eskimo Kisses"|
Saturday we had our panel, Tell Then Kiss: Intimacy and Food Allergies with Dr. David Stukus, Kristin Kauke, Heidi Bayer, Kyle Dine and myself.
'Invisible Disability' which has an entire chapter called 'Kiss of Death')
I can't tell you how many times people have told me how afraid they are to date. How allergic reactions to their significant other is a battlefield that they don't even want to embark on. The truth is, life is a battlefield and we all know the Pat Benatar song (although I'm probably showing my age as all of you under 23 are like, "who??"). My answer is to believe and trust...maybe not so much in others, but yourself. As I said in the talk above, "If you're going to play with fire, bring your epinephrine shots and meds with you in case you get burned." I feel this is the most important thing to remember, wherever your life leads you.
I'll be honest, I had a case of mistaken identity, because in 2007/2008, someone in an NYC hospital (don't know who or which hospital it was during the worst anaphylactic reaction of my life, which I go into detail of in my book) had saved my life. When someone saves your life like that and you don't know who they are, the ideal of the person you remember echoes in your head every time you meet someone with physical similarities. Unfortunately, I didn't find her tonight, but one day I hope to. Because I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for keeping me alive that night. Hopefully she's out there somewhere silently, knowing somehow, the scope of what she did. And its not just her, its what so many doctors and nurses in the medical profession do every day. Its the actions so many of us take not realizing the poignant effect it has on others.
|Yoga helps reduce inflammation and ease anxiety|
If you have a severe soy allergy and plan on attending the conference next year, I do suggest staying at a smoke-free hotel, since you will get assaulted by cigarette smoke throughout the entire hotel (I found this to be true of any casino hotel, so hotels without a casino might be a safer bet...no pun intended). The conference and seminar areas are smoke-free, so you can rest assured you will not have a problem in the actual conference presentation areas.
After the conference, mom and I moved to the Strip to take a bit of advantage of our time in Vegas, so I will write a post soon on my most recent dining experiences! Stay tuned...